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Ex-Concord Times Editor cleared to serve on SLBC Board

Members of parliament have on Tuesday October 20, 2020 unanimously approved the erstwhile Editor of Concord Times Newspaper to serve as Member of the Board of Trustees, Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).

Barrister Abu-bakarr Sheriff was approved alongside ten (10) other presidential nominees, who were appointed by President Julius Maada bio to serve in various agencies of government.

During his scrutiny by the Committee on Appointments and the Public Service, Barrister Sheriff promised to work with his colleagues on the board in ensuring that the state broadcaster is independent in the delivery of services to the public.

Seconding the motion, the Opposition Whip, Hon. Hassan Sesay said: “We are in support of approving the nominees to serve the country. As opposition, we will never stand against the progress of the country. I urged the nominees to serve diligently devoid of sentiments and other forms of political considerations.”

Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Chernor R.M Bah commended all the nominees and noted that Sierra Leone has never been short of brains. He urged the nominee to SLBC Board to address the problems relating to resignations and sackings of staff members upon assumption of duty.

Hon. Dr. Foday Roland Kargbo of the APC stated that the nominees should be thankful to President Bio for nominating them to serve in high offices of State among other qualified persons.

Also contributing, Hon. Shiaka Sama from Pujehun district described all the nominees as “good” in respect of their qualifications and experiences they have gained over the years. He spoke against acts of alleged corrupt practices and the need to work assiduously for the development of the country.

Commending the nominees, especially the Managing Director of SALWACO, Leader of NGC, Hon. Dr. Kandeh Yumkella explained the importance of water as necessary ingredient to enhance the livelihood of human beings. He noted the effective delivery and robust oversight beyond budgetary scrutiny for the development of the country.

The Leader of C4C, described President Bio as a “visionary leader” who has the ability to identify and appoint competent people to serve in high offices of State. He referred to Ing. Foday Mansaray as a man tailored for the job. He also spoke on the need for reviewing the Mines and Minerals, and used the opportunity to caution the government on accumulation of long term loans and its impacts on the state.

Concluding the debate, the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Mathew Nyuma encouraged the nominees to withstand the challenges ahead and work with MPs when they need support in executing their duties. He urged the Director-General of the SLBC to look into issues raise by leader of the opposition.

Fabundeh Ansumana was approved as the Deputy Commissioner of the National Commission for Children (NCC), Florence Nyawa Bangalie as Ambassador- at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohamed Sesay, Commissioner Western Area, Right to Access Information Commission and Ing. George Lamin Vandi- Managing Director of Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO).

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